Last week, there were sharp swings in USDJPY, a decline in oil prices, and a surge in Tesla stock. What's next?
GBP: more stimulus
GBP/USD has risen from 1.2940 to above 1.3000 in a strong bullish spike just now. That’s because the Bank of England expanded the quantitative easing beyond expectations. Specifically, the bong-buying program is increased by 150 billion pounds. The committee unanimously voted in favor of this measure with the strategic objective to keep the interest rate at 0.1%. The process of buying itself will take one year starting in January.
For the GBP, that’s definitely good news as the entire country is now in a partial lockdown, Brexit is moving slow, and the British economy is in an obvious slump.
In the meantime, the GBP keeps moving within a larger sideways channel between 1.2890 and 1.3070. The core of this channel is contained within narrower band 1.2940-1.3000 where 1.3000 is the key level – and the GBP has just stepped over it. Now, you may take the upside of the larger channel of 1.3070 as the primary target for bulls.
Geopolitical factors and inflation remain the main drivers of financial markets. Let’s see how to use that in trading!
Have a look at the key financial instruments on Monday, February 28. Geopolitics is currently on all news frontlines. Western nations escalated sanctions on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.